Baranduda hammered Barnawartha-Chiltern in a battle of top four teams on Saturday.
The visitors couldn’t have been more impressive, ripping through the Miners for 120 from 35.5 overs and then racing to the target from 20 overs with the loss of only one wicket.
“I think the one thing that sums it up for us is we had five guys that didn’t bat or bowl, so basically half the team just basically fielded,” coach Vince Moran said.
“It’s not great for them on a Saturday, but it’s certainly a positive sign.”
The opening stages gave no indication of the hiding to follow.
The home side pushed to 1-69 with opener Chris Hartshorn posting 41.
But, from there, the Miners lost 9-51.
“When we got Murray Price (19 runs) out, the pressure lifted and we kept taking wickets,” Moran said.
Off-spinner Brett Allan claimed his season’s best haul of 5-26 from 6.5 overs.
“It was a pretty tough gig getting overs when you’ve got Matty Armstrong in your side for Tallangatta, but he’s always been a more than competent bowler,” Moran said.
Allan joined the Rangers this season after almost a decade with provincial outfit Tallangatta.
He chipped in with 15 runs while opening, but it was Luke Bartley (57 not out) and Rohan Pearce (43no) who steered the team home with 25 overs left.
“Luke batted brilliantly, right from the get-go, we were going at a run a ball and against a good attack,” Moran said.
Baranduda has now racked up seven straight wins and trails only Mount Beauty, which took its record to eight wins and one loss.
The winless Bethanga scored 154, with Alastair Randell claiming 4-33.
The home team passed the target five wickets down with Damian Jenvey and Ross Wilson making 36 apiece, the latter not out.
Yackandandah’s Brenton Low carried his bat in compiling 76 in the home side’s 5-143, with Kiewa’s Damien Morrison grabbing 4-30.
Brent de Vries top-scored with 46 in the visitors’ three-wicket win.
Corowa’s top order starred against Dederang, Daniel Athanitis (73) and Matt Grantham (64) combining in a 93-run stand.
The visitors made 139 as Joe Hansen nabbed three scalps.
And Howlong’s Darren Keenes made 60 in his team’s win over Eskdale.
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